Art Activities: Design a T-Shirt

Here’s a fun activity to do with the kids: create a unique t-shirt design utilising a variety of methods:

Tie Dye


Use tie dye to create a unique backing. The following instructions explain how to create different tie dye effects:

Fabric Markers

Add your own images and text with fabric markers:


Puff Paints

Use puffy paints to add some 3D texture:

  • Pencil in your outlines
  • Follow over the lines with puffy paints
  • Allow paints to dry
  • Use a hairdryer or iron to puff up the paint


Iron-on Applique

This is an easy way to add embroidery designs to your t-shirt without having to spend hours hand-sewing them yourself.

Beads and Sequins

Sew on beads and sequins to add some sparkle and shine to your t-shirt.


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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